Considered one of the greatest actresses of all time: Who is Grace Kelly?

Despite being an Oscar-winning actress, Grace Kelly, who was accepted to become the princess of his palace by marrying Prince Rainier III of Monaco, lived a glamorous life, but her life ended in a way worthy of a sad movie. Moreover, the answer to the question of why she died is still doubtful.

By Jane Dickens Published on 6 Şubat 2024 : 22:38.
Considered one of the greatest actresses of all time: Who is Grace Kelly?

American actress and princess of Monaco. He is considered one of the best players of all time. Kelly, whose film career ended when she was at her most successful due to her marriage to Prince Rainer of Monaco, is one of the most popular actors in Hollywood with her elegance and beauty.

Famous names such as Sharon Stone, Madonna, Annette Bening, and Jennifer Love Hewitt were greatly influenced by Kelly and adopted the actress's style as a style icon.

The Country Girl, The Swan, and Mogambo are among the actor's most important films. After Kelly's marriage to Rainer, Monaco's popularity increased and the country began to have a serious value in terms of tourism and became rich. Grace Kelly passed away as a result of a tragic accident that left the whole world in mourning.

Grace Patricia Kelly (November 12, 1929 – September 14, 1982) was an American actress and Princess of Monaco as the wife of Prince Rainier III from their marriage on April 18, 1956, until her death in 1982. Prior to her marriage, she starred in several significant films in the early to mid-1950s. She is known as an iconic actress of the Golden Age of Hollywood. She received an Academy Award, three Golden Globe Awards and is listed 13th among the American Film Institute's 25 Greatest Female Stars of Classical Hollywood cinema.

She was born on November 12, 1929, in Philadelphia, USA, as the third child of a family of four children. Her father, John Kelly, of Irish origin, was the son of one of Philadelphia's respected families and was a successful businessman who became a self-made millionaire. He was also an athlete who won Olympic medals in rowing races. One of Grace's uncles, George Kelly, was also a famous Pulitzer Prize-winning author.

Kelly spent her childhood in a very comfortable environment, and there were many people in her family who were involved in art. That's why it wasn't hard for her to warm up to the cinema. Kelly, who gained her first stage experience with a play she starred in at the age of 12, drew attention to her interest in fine arts during her high school years. The actress, who wrote in her school yearbook that she would be a big star in the future, was dancing and interested in theater. She later enrolled at the American Academy of Dramatic Arts, which is famous for producing very famous actors, including Katherine Hepburn, Spencer Tracy, and Lauren Bacall.

However, when her family initially opposed her desire to become an actress, Grace, who was impressed with her beauty, decided to become a photo model. After a while, she would attract all the attention of Hollywood with her elegance and light.

The first movie that introduced Grace Kelly to millions of viewers was "Fourteen Hours" in 1951, in which she appeared in front of the cameras when she was only 22 years old. "High Noon" came right after, which would crown her career and make her one of Hollywood's most loved actresses. After this movie, in which she starred with Gary Cooper, there were rumors of love between Kelly and Cooper. The actress came together with Clark Gable and Ava Gardner, two of the most popular names of the period, in the movie Mogambo, and with her performance in the movie, she received an Oscar nomination for best actress in the third year of her film career. This time, tabloid newspapers kept the Kelly and Gable romance in their headlines, and Kelly would confirm this love that started during the shooting of the movie Mogambo years later, saying, "What else could happen if you are alone with Clark Gable in a tent in the middle of Africa?"

The steady rise of the actress continued with the films of director Alfred Hitchcock, famous for his obsession with cold blondes. Kelly, who starred in Hitchcock's films "Dial M for Murder", "Rear Window" and "To Catch a Thief", would finally receive the most important award of her career. The year was 1955 when she won the Oscar for best actress for her performance in the movie "The Country Girl", in which she and Bing Crosby formed a very successful duo.

In the same year, Kelly, who will portray a princess in the movie The Swan, was one of the invited actors to the Cannes Film Festival. This festival would lead to a meeting that would be one of the turning points in the life of the famous actor. Prince Rainer of Monaco was one of the guests that year and he fell in love with Kelly as soon as he saw her. After this meeting, the Kelly and Rainer duo started corresponding. This rapprochement, which attracted great media attention a few months later, grew even more with Rainer's visit to America. Because Rainer did not go to America in vain, he took an important step to meet the famous star's family. Kelly, who eventually accepted the prince's marriage proposal, quit acting as an actress after the shooting of her last movie, "High Society", ended. The actress, who left the cinema and America and went to Monaco for a new life with Rainer, began to prepare for the marriage of the century.

Before the wedding, the Monaco Palace was completely renovated and Grace Kelly went to Monaco with her family, maids, and dog on a luxury transatlantic liner on April 18, 1956. 20,000 people took to the streets for the wedding ceremony, which attracted great attention from the press and Kelly's fans. The ceremony, broadcast live on world television, was an event. The actress's wedding dress was designed by MGM Studios' Oscar-winning costume designer Helen Rose. After the wedding, the couple went on a 7-week honeymoon on Rainer's yacht.

According to rumors, the most important factors in Prince Rainer's choice of Grace Kelly as his wife were that Kelly was a Catholic and was extremely fond of children. In addition, her beauty, coming from a good family, and her unfading reputation made the actress a suitable bride. Kelly, who crowned her throne with three children after becoming the princess of Monaco, gave birth to 3 children, two of whom were girls. Princess Caroline was born in 1957, Prince Albert II in 1958, and Princess Stéphanie in 1965.

Kelly, who fulfilled all the responsibilities of being a princess, missed the cinema but did not want to change the life she devoted to her children and husband again. In 1962, Alfred Hitchcock, who always admired her acting, offered Kelly to star in his movie Marnie, but due to public reactions, the actress gave up acting in the movie. The beautiful actress did her best to be worthy of the Monaco Palace and was very successful in this. Because Monaco became more popular than ever before and became one of the most popular tourist destinations. Grace Kelly brought her star spirit to Monaco.

Everything in Kelly's life developed very quickly, as she became famous at a young age and became the Princess of Monaco. However, the end of the beautiful star would be unexpectedly tragic. In 1982, when she was only 52 years old, the princess did not survive the traffic accident that left her daughter Stephanie with minor injuries. According to rumors, the accident occurred while she was trying to reenact the fast-driving scene in the Hitchcock movie To Catch a Thief, in which she starred, for her daughter. After his death, which mourned the whole world, especially Monaco, Kelly would turn into a huge phenomenon. Following the death of the star, whose funeral was attended by tens of thousands of people, her husband Rainer remained faithful to her memory and never married again. The prince, who died in 2005, was buried next to Kelly.